Overview

Start Date: June 1, 2021 

Salary: We offer a competitive compensation package and comprehensive health benefits.

Reports to: Head of School 

About Memphis Merit Academy 

Memphis Merit Academy Charter School is an academically challenging, highly structured, and joyful elementary school in Memphis, TN. Through rigorous academics, high quality instruction, and character development, Memphis Merit Academy ensures all kindergarten through eighth grade students achieve the academic skills, knowledge, and moral foundation to be firmly on the path to college after matriculating through our school. 

Be a part of the Leadership Team at Memphis Merit Academy 

Memphis Merit Academy Charter School is a structured organization and culture that embraces urgency and efficiency and celebrates achievement. To achieve our mission, Memphis Merit Academy will operate in a fiscally sound, organized, and efficient manner to ensure accountability and to protect every instructional minute. Memphis Merit Dean of Culture will report directly to the Head of School and work collaboratively with the Director of Operations, Dean of Culture, and any other designated coaching roles and assists with various projects and tasks to ensure a focused and effective learning environment. We are actively searching for a dynamic person to fill our founding leadership team positions. Memphis Merit Dean of Culture is strategic, engaging, knowledgeable, and adamant about academic results. 

In August 2019, Memphis Merit Academy Charter School opened its doors to 120 kindergarten and first grade students, and we will grow by 60 students until we reach full capacity of 540 students during the 2027-2028 school year. We are actively building a founding team that shares our belief that with rigorous academics, high quality instruction, and charter development all students are capable of excelling in high school, college, and life. Memphis Merit Dean of Culture must be passionate, detail oriented, and unrelenting in their belief of all children deserving a high-quality education regardless of their demographics. The Dean of Culture cultivates rigorous academics and high quality instruction through strong teacher coaching and development. 

GENERAL SUMMARY: The foundation of academic excellence lies in a school that is strong in rigorous academics, high quality instruction, and character development. Memphis Merit Dean of Culture is directly responsible for planning a program of study that prepares teachers to meet the individual needs, interests, and abilities of the students and creating a classroom environment that is conducive to learning and is developmentally appropriate for the maturity and interest of the students. 

The Dean of Culture, in conjunction with the Director of Operations, Dean of Student Support, Dean of Academics, and Head of School, is responsible for all aspects of running a school. The Dean of Culture is responsible for overseeing overall school culture, curriculum, assessment, and professional development. 

Fiscal Responsibilities 

  • Identifies vendors, contracts, and services to support school culture, SEL, behavior intervention 
  • Works with HOS to advise on curriculum and teacher development needs to determine implications for organization budget related to school culture
  • Creates supply list for grade levels as needed by to implement school wide school culture 

*The aforementioned duties are not exhaustive. 

Required Education 

  • Bachelor’s degree required 
  • Tennessee teaching certification required 
  • Tennessee administration and supervision certification preferred 
  • A minimum of 2 years teaching experience required 
  • Experience working with under-resourced communities, families, and/or students
  • Demonstrated success in building relationships and trust with leaders, teachers, parents, and community 
  • Proven written and verbal communication skills with all levels of management, both internal and external to the district 
  • Strong computer skills, including Microsoft Excel, Word, and PowerPoint 

Desired Experience 

  • Experience working with BIP process and best practices with behavior management
  • Demonstrated success in building relationships and trust with leaders, teachers, parents, students, and community 
  • Demonstrated effective teacher effectiveness with underserved and special populations of students 
  • Demonstrated knowledge of Common Core State Standards and instructional shifts 
  • Experience with building test coordination under Shelby County Schools 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES: 

INSTRUCTIONAL LEADERSHIP: 

  • Directly coaches a cohort of teachers around SEL curriculum and core values, data analysis, and culture of achievement
  • Observes teachers weekly/bi-weekly and provides them feedback in feedback platform
  • Ensures weekly/bi-weekly O3s are taking place and are focused on moving student achievement
  • Provides feedback to weekly lesson plans
  • Works to ensure our school and region goals are met

CULTURAL LEADERSHIP: 

  • Sets and enforces stands for school culture, including behavior, performance, and attendance
  • Oversee disciplinary action for the school
  • Monitor progress of self, school, and staff dashboards and Strategic Development Plans as it relates to school culture
  • Ensures teachers are actively monitoring and reaching out to families regarding attendance
  • Ensures students are trained on bus expectations at the beginning of the year, with support of the DoO
  • Actively monitors bus behavior and follows up with students and families as necessary. Rides bus as necessary with students to ensure expectations are met, when needed
  • Provides feedback and monitors student culture to ensure expectations are met
  • Swiftly addresses student behavior concerns and follows up with identified consequences
  • Coaches and provides support for struggling classrooms, modeling or co-teaching if necessary
  • Owns a group of students we love the most and ensures their daily success
  • Works with students around discipline and supports our school wide plan of consequences, including but not limited to detention, in-school suspension, and homebound instruction)
  • Attends IEP meetings and supports the needs of individual students (behavior plans, accommodations, etc…)
  • Leads professional development aligned with school goals and priorities
  • Works closely with the school Social Workers to ensure student needs are met

FAMILY ENGAGEMENT: 

  • Proactively reaches out to families regarding attendance concerns (both absences and tardies)
  • Communicates achievements with families on a regular basis through meetings, phone calls, progress reports, assessment reports, and celebrations
  • Organizes and monitors family communication tracker for grade levels
  • Ensures a monthly family newsletter is going home from the school to keep families informed of ongoing events and celebrations
  • Attends and support scheduled family night events
  • Proactively plans parent events to move student achievement and culture
  • Lead and participate in Welcome Visits or ReCommitment visits for students
  • Conducts home visits when necessary for our students (absences, behavior, etc…)
  • Maintain communication and relations with the families of the school, ensuring they are kept involved with and held accountable for their children’s academic and behavioral performance
  • Communicate regularly with families regarding student performance and academic achievement
  • Work with staff to correspond regularly with families regarding school policies, trips, events, and milestones
  • Work with staff to plan, coordinate, and support family meetings and special events
  • Respond to family concerns promptly and effectively

Additional Duties: 

  • Supervise and coordinate school activities; assigns or provides coverage for out-of-school events such as sports, school dances, carnival, Saturday School, etc.
  • Conducts space walkthrough (i.e. classrooms & bathrooms) multiple times per day to ensure the cleanliness and safety of our building
  • Conducts attendance walkthrough no later than 10:00am to ensure accurate attendance reporting
  • Rides bus when needed to ensure that bus expectations are met
  • Ensure availability before and after school to check in with teammates
  • Support breakfast, lunch, arrival, dismissal, and other transition times during the day
  • Arrives 30 minutes before and stay 30 minutes after teachers

EVALUATION & FEEDBACK 

  • Oversee faculty and staff of the school, including recruitment, selection, evaluation, supervision, retention, and dismissal 
  • Coaching teaching staff, including professional development, staff observations, cultural curriculum development, staff communication, and scheduling and program decisions related to culture 
  • Lead faculty to ensure that all staff are providing well-managed and character development daily lessons, reasonable and effective daily work 
  • Foster commitment among faculty and staff to the development and fulfillment of the school’s mission and objectives 
  • Hold teachers accountable for meeting high standards for behavioral performance 
  • Work with staff on all curricular, instructional, assessment, and professional development issues and activities to ensure data drives classroom instruction
  • Work with staff to foster consistency among staff in enforcing the Student and Family Handbook and other school-wide discipline policies 
  • Facilitate positive faculty dynamics 
  • Work with Dean of Student Support to ensure 504 accommodations, IEP modifications, and counseling needs are met 
  • Coach teachers to plan and use appropriate instructional strategies, assessment, activities, materials, and technology that reflect accommodations for individual needs of students assigned. 
  • Assist students in analyzing and improving student methods and habits.
  • Consistently monitor student achievement through formal and informal assessment and use results to plan for instructional delivery, not limited to the selection and creation of assessments. 
  • Assist DOO with operational decisions impacting instruction, as needed.
  • Coordinate with any additional instructional coaching staff employed with MMA.
  • Network with vendors and others for the forward movement of the school related to

STUDENT SUPPORT/SCHOOL CULTURE 

  • Collaborate with school staff to maximize the ability of the school to support students’ academic and socio-emotional development 
  • Provide leadership to all staff and students in establishing a positive, structured, achievement-oriented, and fun school culture 
  • Oversee students’ academic and behavioral program, including disciplinary decisions, enforcement of the Student and Family Handbook, scheduling and class decisions, educational program, and assessment and accountability 
  • Ensure that traditions and rituals that support the school’s college mission are being created and maintained, grade by grade, year to year 
  • Foster consistency in academic and behavioral expectations in and out of class
  • Ensure effective exam preparation to ensure student success 
  • Work with appropriate staff to ensure the smooth administration and effectiveness of the after school enrichment programs 
  • Support teachers to manage student behavior and administer discipline according to Board policies, administrative regulations, and follow laws of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) with the assistance of the HOS. 
  • Oversee a Management Plan and Student Code of Conduct handbook and Procedure Safeguards. 
  • Take all necessary and reasonable precautions to protect students, equipment, materials, and facilities

COMMUNICATION 

  • Maintains integrity and the highest level of professionalism with colleagues and community.
  • Maintain a professional relationship with colleagues, students, parents, and community members.
  • Use acceptable communication skills to present information accurately and clearly.
  • Present a positive role model for students, staff, parents, and community members by demonstrating behavior that is professional, ethical, responsible, and aligned with Memphis Merit Academy Charter School’s Code of Ethics and ESSA.
  • Articulate and provide support for the campus and district mission and goals to parents, colleagues, and community members.
  • Demonstrate awareness of district/community needs and initiate activities to meet identified needs.
  • Demonstrate the use of appropriate and effective techniques for engaging parents and community.
  • Coordinate with the special education department to support providing parents, staff, and admin team with IEPs at Glance and updated goal revisions based off of students’ individual IEP goals.

FISCAL RESPONSIBILITIES 

  • Assists in the creation of Title I budget expenditures based on data and SIP.
  • Works with HOS to advise on curriculum and teacher development needs to determine implications for organization budget 

ORGANIZATIONAL LEADERSHIP 

  • Demonstrate a relentless drive to improve the minds and lives of students in and out of school 
  • Help oversee school-wide strategic planning and problem solving
  • Work with the Director of Operations and Head of School to lead the school’s administrative program. 
  • Participation in leadership development programming determined by HOS.
  • Engage in and implement new learning from professional development activities correlated with teacher development needs and with school and state goals.
  • Keep informed of and complies with state, district, and school regulations and policies for classroom teachers. 
  • Compile, maintain, and file all physical and computerized reports, records, and other documents required. 
  • Create, monitor, oversee a comprehensive Response to Intervention program
  • Coordinate with special education department about caseload and ESSA
  • Ability to support small groups of students for instructional resources based on data
  • Planning and discussion of school initiatives 
  • Leads development of School Improvement Plan and works with HOS to ensure compliance and alignment of plan to instructional priorities

QUALIFICATIONS: 

  1. Required knowledge, skills & abilities:
  • Strong organizational skills; extremely careful attention to detail and follow-through.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills. 
  • Strong communication and negotiating skills. 
  • Ability to work well in a team. 
  • Exceptional ability to bridge and enhance cooperative working relationships.
  • Ability to create, monitor, and maintain systems that enhance organizational efficiency.
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment; flexible, able to work autonomously as well as take direction as needed.
  1. Minimum educational level:
  • Bachelor’s Degree 
  • Evidence of School Administration Coursework or programming preferred
  1. Experience required:
  • A minimum of 3 years teaching and working in classrooms and coaching teachers, preferably in urban schools and/or communities
  • Experience as a Dean or equivalent leadership role highly preferred
  • Experience at a high-performing charter school highly preferred but not required

COMPENSATION: 

We offer a competitive compensation package and comprehensive health benefits. 

AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT COMPLIANCE 

Memphis Merit Academy Charter School is an Equal Opportunity Employer. MMA provides reasonable accommodations to qualified persons with disabilities. Prospective and current employees are encouraged to discuss ADA accommodations with management.As an equal opportunity employer, we hire without consideration to race, religion, creed, color, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status or disability.